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Closer to the Chest - Mercedes Lackey
Closer to the Chest
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New York Times-bestselling author Mercedes Lackey’s Herald Spy series, set in the beloved fantasy world of Valdemar Herald Mags, the King of Valdemar’s Herald-Spy, has been developing a clandestine network of young informants who operate not only on the streets of the capital city of Haven, but... show more
New York Times-bestselling author Mercedes Lackey’s Herald Spy series, set in the beloved fantasy world of Valdemar

Herald Mags, the King of Valdemar’s Herald-Spy, has been developing a clandestine network of young informants who operate not only on the streets of the capital city of Haven, but also in the Great Halls and kitchens of the wealthy and highborn. In his own established alternate personas, Mags observes the Court and the alleys alike, quietly gathering information to keep Haven and the Kingdom safe.

His wife Amily, is growing into her position as the King’s Own Herald, though she is irritated to encounter many who still consider her father, Herald Nikolas, to be the real King’s Own. Nonetheless, she finds it increasingly useful to be underestimated, for there are dark things stirring in the shadows of Haven and up on the Hill.

Someone has discovered many secrets of the women of the Court and the Collegia—and is using those secrets to terrorize and bully them. Someone is targeting the religious houses of women, too, leaving behind destruction and obscene ravings.

But who? Someone at the Court? A disgruntled Palace servant? One of the members of the Collegia? Someone in the patriarchal sect of the god Sethor? Could the villain be a woman? And what is this person hoping to achieve? It isn’t blackmail, for the letters demand nothing; the aim seems to be the victims’ panic and despair. But why?

Mags and Amily take steps to minimize the damage while using both magic and wits to find the evildoer. But just as they appear to be on the verge of success, the letter-writer tires of terror and is now out for blood.

Mags and Amily will have to track down someone who leaves few clues behind and thwart whatever plans have been set in motion, and quickly—before terror turns to murder.
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Format: kindle
ASIN: B01AHKXIX8
Edition language: English
Category:
Fantasy, Epic Fantasy
Series: Herald Spy (#3)
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Debbie's Spurts
Debbie's Spurts rated it
4.0 Review of "Closer to the Chest" (Herald Spy, #3) Mercedes Lackey
Start to finish, this one stayed true to protagonist Mags and the Valdemar universe. A solid storyline -- unlike parts of previous books that had a kajillion raised and dropped plot points, deluge of new characters taking away from our main ones, main characters acting out of character, ... Anot...
Libromancer's Apprentice
Libromancer's Apprentice rated it
3.5 best of the series
In the rather light fluffy writing, Lackey has been trying to work in social commentary or at least seems to be pulling on current events. This book could be MRA/GamerGate in Valdemar. And... it actually works. By no means is it her strongest novel, and I almost want to headdesk at all the time...
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